Gilbert off the mark at last

After being sent off course last week when on the verge of a first win this season, Philippe Gilbert

After being sent off course last week when on the verge of a first win this season, Philippe Gilbert
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM It probably would have happened 10 days ago at the GP d'Ouverture until a marshal sent him the wrong way near the finish, but rising Belgian star Philippe Gilbert finally got his first win of the season on the second stage of the Tour of the Med on Thursday. Gilbert beat six breakaway companions in Bormes les Mimosas, including race leader Jens Voigt, who maintained that position. The bunch was led in four seconds later by Thor Hushovd. Gilbert attacked on the last hill of the stage. "Only Voigt and Rebellin followed. I pressed on during the descent and had about 50-80 metres at the bottom. They caught me about 1500 metres from the line, and because they were afraid of my sprint four other riders got across to us. I got myself into second position and didn't have too much problem winning from there," Gilbert told La Dernire Heure. Gilbert's fellow breakaway Bram de Groot was a casualty of a tricky finish. The Dutchman crashed just beyond the line and is believed to have broken his collar-bone. He withdrew from the race on Friday morning. Gilbert is looking forward to Friday's stage finishing at the summit of Mont Faron above Toulon. However, he believes that Saturday's flat 36km team time trial will work against his overall chances and play into the hands of Voigt and CSC. Stage 2, Villeneuve Loubet-Bormes les Mimosas 1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) La Franaise des Jeux 131km in 3.10.45 (41.21kph) 2 Franck Schleck (Lux) CSC 3 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 4 Bram de Groot (Hol) Rabobank 5 Jens Voigt (Ger) CSC 6 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 7 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 8 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crdit Agricole 0.04 9 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 10 Antonio d'Aniello (Ita) Miche Overall 1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 6.28.46 2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) La Franaise des Jeux 0.17 3 Franck Schleck (Lux) CSC 0.21 4 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 0.23 5 Bram de Groot (Hol) Rabobank 0.27 6 Erik Dekker (Hol) Rabobank 7 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 8 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 9 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.31 10 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Tlcom
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